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On the Edge: 1905

On the Edge: 1905

New York circa 1905. "Flatiron Building, Broadway and Fifth Avenue." Another view of everyone's favorite proto-skyscraper, at anchor in Manhattan. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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C.G. Gunther

The flag at the top right reads: C.G. Gunther. He was a furrier and at one time mayor of New York City.

The OTHER guy on a ledge

What about the leg coming out the window two floors up from the sign guy? What in the world is HE about to do?

[Good question. Maybe like all those window-ledge milk bottles we've seen, he's chillin'. - Dave]

The guy on the ledge

It's Harold Lloyd's dad.

On the edge is right!

Did you notice the man standing on the 2nd floor ledge, right toward the front of the building? I can't figure out what he's doing - any speculation?

[Something to do with that sign. - Dave]

No Overhead Wires

This is a great shot but I'm wondering whats powering all the streetcars in view. Was it an electrified center rail? Couldn't be a cable the way all the tracks are crossing. When did the overhead "trolley" era begin?

[Manhattan streetcars used an underground electrical power supply, accessed through a slot between the rails. - Dave]

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